Apple launches iPhone 8, 8 Plus: What’s changed?

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

While the iPhone X is the undeniable star of Apple’s event in California, the next-generation iPhones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, still deserve some screen time.

For the most part, the iPhone 8 is similar to the iPhone 7 in terms of features and specs: dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and 7-megapixel front snapper; 4K video recording capability; and splash, water, and dust resistance.

There is also not much difference in design as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus carries the same form factor as the iPhone 7—rounded sides, Touch ID button below the display, no headphone jack, and 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch screen sizes for the base and Plus models, respectively.

So what’s changed? These are the new features you can enjoy when you decide to upgrade to the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus:

  1. Glass back and aluminum bezel design. The rear of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are made of durable glass in space gray, silver, and gold finishes. A color-matched aerospace-grade aluminum bezel complements the glass rear.
  2. New Retina HD display. The iPhone 8 models’ new displays come with True Tone, which adjusts the white balance of the screen to match the surrounding light condition.
  3. A11 Bionic chip and M11 motion coprocessor. The new chip features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores and four efficiency cores that are faster than the previous generations. It also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers faster graphics performance.
  4. Improved cameras. The iPhone 8 still has 12MP f/1.8, while the Plus gets a dual-sensor 12MP camera. However, Apple says that the cameras now has better pixel processing, new color filter, faster autofocus, and hardware noise reduction.
  5. Portrait Lighting mode. This feature brings dramatic studio lighting effects to your photos through a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles.
  6. Wireless charging. Thanks to their glass back design, the new-generation iPhones are capable of wireless charging. They work with the established Qi ecosystem.
  7. iOS 11. Apple’s latest mobile operating system brings several new features, including augmented reality support and new voices and translations for Siri.
  8. New capacities. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models. Price starts at $699 for the iPhone 8, while the Plus variant has a starting price of $799.

Pre-order for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will begin on September 15, 2017, and it will hit the stores a week later on September 22, 2017.

Read more: Everything you need to know about the Apple iPhone X